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The wrong track, baby

Malaysian radio stations worry some lyrics in Lady Gaga’s gay anthem “Born This Way” are on the wrong track, baby. Broadcasters in this Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming they are being cautious because the government forbids offensive content. Malaysians who tune in to popular stations hear edited versions of “Born This Way” that use indecipherable garble to replace the lyrics: “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby.”

Lady Gaga hit censored in Malaysia over LGBT content

Malaysian radio stations worry some lyrics in Lady Gaga’s gay anthem “Born This Way” are on the wrong track, baby. lady-gaga-born-this-way

Broadcasters in this Muslim-majority nation have refused to play lines in the hit song that encourage public acceptance of gays, claiming they are being cautious because the government forbids offensive content.

Malaysians who tune in to popular stations hear edited versions of “Born This Way” that use indecipherable garble to replace the lyrics: “No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I’m on the right track, baby.”

AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia’s top private radio operator, said the precaution was due to government restrictions against songs that might violate “good taste or decency or (are) offensive to public feeling.”

“The particular lyrics in ‘Born This Way’ may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia’s social and religious observances,” the company said in a statement to The Associated Press. “The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a ‘taboo’ by general Malaysians.”

Broadcasters can face fines up of to 50,000 ringgit ($16,000) and other penalties for breaking the rules. AMP Radio Networks runs eight radio channels, including Malaysia’s No. 1 English-language station, Hitz.fm, which has an estimated 1.5 million listeners.

Malaysian gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik criticized the broadcasters’ decision, saying the media should be “a platform for marginalized voices and create understanding – not perpetuate ignorance and hate.”

“Lady Gaga was attempting to address this very thing in her song. How dare they play that song and cut out its shining heart,” said Pang, the co-founder of Sexuality Independence, a Malaysian anti-discrimination arts movement. “We just want the same thing as everyone else: to love, be loved and have our songs played on the radio.”

Lady Gaga, who is highly outspoken about gay rights, should consider protesting the decision by asking Malaysian stations not to air her songs at all, Pang said.

Gay Malaysians have tried to press for greater acceptance in recent years, saying discrimination persists.

The Sexuality Independence group last year posted a Youtube clip of a young gay Muslim who defended his sexuality, but it removed the video after anonymous viewers made online death threats against him. Government religious authorities accused the man of insulting Islam, though no official action was taken.

Lady Gaga demands – and gets – changes in Target’s giving

When Target asked Lady Gaga for a special edition of her latest hit “Born This Way,” the pro-equality superstar said no way unless the retail giant agreed to change its corporate-giving agenda.

Apparently, the Lady prevailed, reported Politico, under the headline “Lady Gaga and Target Unite for LGBT Causes.”

The singer objected to Target Corp.’s $150,000 donation last year to support a political action group backing anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. He was loosely affiliated with a group calling for the execution of gays.

“That discussion (with Target) was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,” Lady Gaga told Billboard.com. “Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups.

“Our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those (anti-gay) groups.”

Target has pledged almost a half-million dollars to pro-equality groups so far in 2011, according to Billboard.

Released two weeks ago, “Born This Way” is the fastest-selling song ever on iTunes. Elton John hailed it as a “gay anthem.”

 

 

 

Lady Gaga to release gay rights anthem on Feb. 11

Lady Gaga’s musical silence ends Friday when she releases a single from her upcoming album. Titled “Born This Way,” the single is said to be a rousing gay-rights anthem that Elton John says will obliterate the standard “I Will Survive.”

Gay blogger Perez Hilton echoed John’s enthusiasm, writing on Feb. 7: “Fans can expect all the hype to be true with ‘Born This Way’ and with the album. And you know what? It’s a very gay song – unapologetically, gay-in-your-face gay – but it’s also a universal song that can relate to everyone. To all of us outsiders, to all of us freaks, to all of us who feel different. And the music is undeniable. It sounds like a smash. It is a smash. It is one of the best songs of Gaga’s career.”

The album on which “Born This Way” will not be out until May 23. Music industry insiders speculate that La Gaga is releasing the single early to avoid a leaked track.

Lady Gaga is up for a number of Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, including Album of the Year for “The Fame Monster,” Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Bad Romance”, Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Telephone,” featuring Beyoncé, and Best Pop Vocal Album for “The Fame Monster.”

The Grammys airing on CBS will be followed by a televised Anderson Cooper interview with the pop icon.